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6/30/2014 | MLB Notebook: Dual threat Altuve makes history

In Houston's 6-4 win over Detroit on Sunday, Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a double and two singles, two stolen bases and a run scored. Altuve has collected at least two hits and two steals in four straight games; he is the first player since at least 1914 to do this.

6/30/2014 | Today's MLB starting lineups: June 30

Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.

6/30/2014 | Third outfield spot very tight, catchers close in AL vote

With fewer than four days remaining in the balloting, the closest All-Star races in the American League are at catcher, where Matt Wieters leads Derek Norris, and in the outfield, where only 12,000 votes separate Yoenis Cespedes and Melky Cabrera for the final starting spot.

6/30/2014 | With homer No. 450, Papi makes All-Star statement

David Ortiz might be having an ordinary season by his standards. But it's one a lot of other players could live with. In Sunday night's game against the Yankees, Big Papi launched a three-run moonshot to help lead the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory. The homer was the 19th of the season for Ortiz, and No. 450 of his career.

6/30/2014 | Lester says conversations continue about contract

Though Red Sox ace Jon Lester didn't pitch on Sunday night, he was surrounded by a crowd of reporters after his team beat the Yankees, 8-5. This, after a report by ESPN's Buster Olney stated that the Red Sox have re-engaged in talks with Lester's representatives about a contract, perhaps making one last effort to get him signed before free agency.

6/30/2014 | White Sox to play two after opener rained out

The series opener between the Angels and White Sox scheduled for Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up Tuesday as part of a straight doubleheader starting at 4:10 p.m. CT.

6/30/2014 | Twin bill on tap after Halos rained out in Chicago

Monday's game between the Angels and White Sox was postponed nearly 30 minutes after the first pitch was originally scheduled due to inclement weather and will be made up Tuesday, as part of a straight doubleheader that will begin at 2:10 p.m. PT.

6/29/2014 | All-Star races heat up as big names state cases

On his own Poster Day at Safeco Field on Sunday, Robinson Cano reminded Mariners fans that he still has power -- and that he wants to earn his fifth straight All-Star Game start.

6/29/2014 | The Week Ahead: Drama builds as summer rolls on

The calendar flips to July as we hit The Week Ahead. Baseball is getting more dramatic by the day as the pennant races begin to roil. The summer is steaming along.

6/29/2014 | Red Sox break out offensively to take series in NY

Presumably, there will come a time when it doesn't feel like an event every time the Red Sox have a big night offensively. But for now, games like Sunday night -- an 8-5 victory over the Yankees in which all nine starters had at least one hit -- are to be savored.

6/29/2014 | Harper activated in time for tonight's game

The Nationals activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the 15-day disabled list ahead of tonight's game against the Rockies. He will be in the lineup playing left field, two sources said. Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.

6/29/2014 | Romero optioned to Triple-A

The Mariners optioned rookie outfielder Stefen Romero to Triple-A Tacoma to clear room on the 25-man roster for hard-throwing, right-hander Taijaun Walker, the organization's top pitching prospect.

6/29/2014 | Farrell: Red Sox have utmost respect for Tanaka

Mike Napoli's shouts of "What an idiot!" to his teammates after he homered off a Masahiro Tanaka elevated fastball Saturday night quickly took over New York headlines Sunday. But manager John Farrell quieted any more suspicion about his first baseman's intentions.

6/29/2014 | Bailey stirs visions of third no-hitter in shutout victory

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was just outside the velvet rope from admission to a very elite group. Bailey flirted with throwing another no-hitter Sunday vs. the Giants during a 4-0 victory, which would have been his third in three seasons.

6/29/2014 | Stefani earns second-place finish

Shawn Stefani took his quest for his first PGA Tour victory all the way into a playoff Sunday, taking on Justin Rose, a golfer with a major championship to his credit, one-on-one for a coveted title.

6/29/2014 | Baseball world has eyes on dramatic World Cup match

Major League Baseball has a huge international presence on the rosters of its 30 clubs and in its fan base, and Sunday's Round of 16 "futbol" match between the Netherlands and Mexico became must-see television for quite a few people around the Grand Old Game.

6/29/2014 | Adrian bunts to beat shift, sparking Dodgers' rally

Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez has eyed the vacant left side of the infield for quite some time. He estimated that he's squared to bunt 10 times over the past two weeks, waiting for the right situation to lay one down and beat the exaggerated infield shift. On Sunday, the time finally came.

6/29/2014 | Yanks have no issue with Napoli's post-HR comment

At a more heated time in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, Mike Napoli's comment after his go-ahead homer Saturday might have sparked a war of words or more, but that does not appear to be the case now. Multiple Yankees said on Sunday that they did not have an issue with Napoli because the comment was intended to be shared privately with teammates.

6/29/2014 | Cain leading by example atop Royals' lineup

Lorenzo Cain's move to the leadoff spot is paying off with a .407 batting average and .412 on-base percentage through eight games. Royals manager Ned Yost also has somebody with the ability to drive the ball at the top when the lineup turns over in late-inning situations.

6/29/2014 | A View From Studio 3: First-half MLB awards

It is the midway point of the regular season and currently 12 of the 30 teams are either in first place or within five games of first place. While forecasting postseason teams is fruitless at this point, it may be worthwhile to hand out some awards for the first half in each league.

6/29/2014 | Pujols slowed by swollen lymph gland in groin

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has a golf ball-sized swollen lymph gland in the vicinity of his right groin, an ailment that didn't necessarily bother him until what ended up being a crucial play in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.

6/29/2014 | Hernandez dazzles, tosses one-hitter for 10th win

Felix Hernandez dazzled again Sunday at Safeco Field, allowing one hit over eight shutout innings, as the Mariners beat the Indians, 3-0.

6/29/2014 | Kershaw caps masterful month with 13-K win

Along with another historic performance by three-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw, who struck out 13 in seven scoreless innings, Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier delivered a three-run homer in a 6-0 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. The win lifted the Dodgers into a first-place tie in the National League West

6/29/2014 | Dodgers ace test with Cards in NLCS rematch

Last October, the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. This weekend, however, it was Los Angeles who claimed a series victory, and the biggest difference was that three of the Dodgers' starting pitchers were working at a nearly unhittable level.

6/29/2014 | Utley reaches 1,500-hit plateau with single

In Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Braves, Chase Utley achieved a milestone with his 1,500th hit, a single in the seventh inning. All 1,500 of Utley's hits have been in a Phillies uniform, which places him 12th in club history. He is just 11 hits behind Tony Taylor for the all-time lead among Phillies second basemen.

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